Our trip to Berlin is over and now we have time to report. On Friday, June 28, 2019 we were invited to the Startupteens Finale in Berlin. The Startupteens competition is a nationwide known business plan competition, where students between 14 and 19 years have the chance to implement their own ideas and get closer to Entrepreneurship.
After submitting the business plans, we successfully completed the voting round and were ready for the grand finale on Friday in the Axel Springer House in Berlin. After the greeting of Hauke Schwiezer (founder & managing director of Startupteens GmbH) and the welcoming speech of Dr. Stephanie Caspar (President Technology and Data at Axel Springer SE) and Philipp Pausder (founder & CEO at Thermondo GmbH) we could hear the lecture of Alex Giesecke and Nico Schork, both from simpleclub, under the motto “Live your dream!” Later we got to know them personally. At 12 am we started with the pitches of the 21 finalists in 7 categories. Our pitch time was set for 13:30 o’clock. Until then we waited longingly for our prototype, which had to find its way to Berlin by mail. Because of the great organization he was available just in time and waited for us in front of the presentation room on the 19th floor. A stroke of luck! Following further rounds of talks, the award ceremony began, which we have of course been waiting for for a long time.
The tension increased until we were called for the 2nd place in the category Education&Smart Living.
Afterwards there were the Inspiring Digital Tables in the Journalists Club. In three rounds we were allowed to network on different tables and got to know many interesting people: Numerous founders and entrepreneurs with a lot of experience, know-how and interesting conversations. Finally there was a dinner and of course networking. The day was very long but very interesting and of course helpful.